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Iditarod 2012 is on!!!

It’s time again. Iditarod 2012 starts today (March 3rd local time) in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Iditarod is run every year, between the towns of Nome and Anchorage in Alaska. The route switches each year, between the Northern route of Anchorage to Nome, and the Southern route of Nome to Anchorage. The Northern and Southern routes differ in which towns they go through, so as not to disrupt the same towns year after year.

The Northern route retraces the route taken by the dogs during the original Serum run in 1925. For more info check out the history here.

This year is the 40th Iditarod. Many former champions have returned for the anniversary, as well as many past champions from other distance races such as the Yukon Quest, Beargrease and Kusko 300.
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Jodi Bailey's lead dogs run on Long Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.

Iditarod XXXVIII

Ok it’s that time of year again folks. The time when every snow dog in the world starts running around frantically with the strange urge that there’s somewhere they are supposed to be.

The 38th Iditarod started on Saturday, leaving Willow Lake, Alaska at 2pm.┬áThere are 62 mushers racing this year, 46 of them from Alaska. With 10-16 dogs on each crew, that’s between 620 to 990 dogs. They will travel over 1,850 kilometres travelling from Willow to Nome.

At the last check Lance Mackey was winning by about 28 minutes. Mackey has won the Iditarod for the last 4 years running.

Check out the Iditarod website

Follow the race as it progresses here

Check out more photos here

For those that don’t know, the Iditarod follows the route of the original Serum run. Check this out for more info.

Jodi Bailey's lead dogs run on Long Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.

A team leaves the start chute on Willow Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.: A team leaves the start chute on Willow Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.